Todos Juntos (All Together) The International Culinary School Inland Empire Senior Practicum Summer 2013

Team Fundraising Goal: $15,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 31
Total Value of Gifts: $5,463.24

Recent Donors

Amanda Pratt



Jerry Mink


Teresita Mercado


Salevao Sataua


Anthony Thomas

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We are hosting a four-course meal showcasing modern Mexican cuisine prepared by an elite group of Culinarians September 12th and 13th

The dinners will be held in our on-campus restaurant Season's. There will be two seatings, one at 4:00-6:00 pm and the other at 7:30-9:30 pm both Thursday and Friday. We will also have a silent auction with fabulous items ranging from gift baskets to electronics. A professional musician will complete our ambiance playing Latin classics on guitar.

The Senior Practicum class at The International Culinary School at the Art Institute wants to honor and remember our classmate, our family, and our friends that have been all been affected by brain tumors--one dear to our hearts paid the ultimate price, losing her battle October 7, 2010.

Here is a story from one of the seniors of this class;

Margie Pratt's daughter Amanda was diagnosed with a central neurocytoma in February of 2011 at age 25. Amanda had just gotten engaged on Christmas Eve and was ready to move on with her life, but had been suffering with headaches for more than a year. In February of 2011, after many visits to the doctor and getting no relief, she asked her mother to please make an appointment for her and go with her to see the doctor. After reviewing her case, Dr. Gates decided that it was time to do a head CT just to make sure that there wasn't anything going on. Within 15 minutes while waiting in the hospital pharmacy, the doctor called. The look of horror that came over her face was one that cannot be expressed but the words the doctor said were the last one a mother ever expected to hear, "Amanda has a mass. She needs to go directly to the emergency room and the neurosurgeon will meet you there." It only takes one phone call to change our lives.

That was the beginning of an initial hospital stay that lasted 33 days and two major surgeries to remove a 7.8 cm mass. Complications followed, including another week in ICU, occurring only five days after Amanda came home. Not being able to communicate fully, it became apparent that she was having a difficult time breathing. She was admitted to the hospital again for bilateral pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs), another life-threatening condition.

After a long rehabilitation including two more surgeries to relieve pressure from fluid accumulating around her brain, Amanda is committed to helping others with their fight against the insidious disease of brain tumors, and support the families that have lost loved ones.

Please join me in the fight against brain tumors by making a donation to my fundraising campaign to support the National Brain Tumor Society.

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